Head Or Neck Receiving Or Supporting Sink Patents (Class 4/519)
  • Patent number: 9877620
    Abstract: A sink system including a vent for receiving forced air into the sink from a dryer. A vent ring may be located between a sink basin and a sink deck forming the vents. The dryer may be included in a fixture housing with a faucet as a combination. The sink deck may include a vent lip that directs forced air into the vent. The vent lip extends into a basin region beyond the vent. The vent ring may be affixed to the sink deck or to the sink basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: STONE AND STEEL SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: Randall Gallob
  • Publication number: 20140359931
    Abstract: A hair washing sink assembly includes a plurality of hair washing stations, each hair washing station having a body extending from a ground surface of a building, and a corresponding receiving area at an upper portion of the body shaped to receive and support a head/neck of a user. Furthermore, each hair washing station is disposed directly above a water collection area at the ground surface, the water collection area including at least one drain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Janene Sclafani
  • Publication number: 20140352051
    Abstract: A standalone hair washing sink includes a body coupled to a ground surface of a building and extending upwardly from the ground surface. The body defines a water channel extending between an upper portion of the body and a lower portion of the body at the ground surface and the water channel is in fluid communication with a drain at the ground surface and is sized to accommodate and provide access to long hair during a hair-washing process. A receiving area at the upper portion of the body is shaped to comfortably receive and support a head or neck of a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Janene Sclafani
  • Patent number: 8839467
    Abstract: A standalone hair washing sink includes a body coupled to a ground surface of a building and extending upwardly from the ground surface. The body defines a water channel extending between an upper portion of the body and a lower portion of the body at the ground surface and the water channel is in fluid communication with a drain at the ground surface and is sized to accommodate and provide access to long hair during a hair-washing process. An opening extends upwardly from the lower portion of the body toward the upper portion of the body and exposes a lower portion of the water channel. A receiving area at the upper portion of the body is shaped to comfortably receive and support a head or neck of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Janene Sclafani
  • Patent number: 8745775
    Abstract: An automatic head care apparatus comprises a bowl having a head support for supporting a person's head; a washing unit configured by fourth arms comprising a plurality of contacts at an end thereof and a rotation gear having a central axis thereof for rotating the contacts, third arms for rotatably supporting the fourth arms, a support shaft for rotatably supporting the third arms, a pushing mechanism for moving the support shaft, and a motor for oscillating the contacts by rotating the rotation gear of the fourth arms; and a control device for controlling movement of at least the pushing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Osamu Mizuno, Soichiro Fujioka, Tohru Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8745776
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to care for the occipital region supported with an occipital region supporter, without leaving an uncared-for part thereof, at time of automatic care of the person's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Osamu Mizuno, Soichiro Fujioka, Tohru Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20130160198
    Abstract: A head care system (hair washing apparatus 100) according to the present invention includes a base (bowl 101) having a head support 11 for supporting a head 10 of a human. The system includes a pair of arm units (washing unit 12) for taking care of the head 10. Each of the arm units has a support shaft mounted to the base. The arm units are arranged such that the head support 11 is located between the pair of arm units. The system includes a pair of shaft driving members for driving the arm units in such a manner that each of the arm units rotates about the corresponding support shaft. The system includes a controller 400 for controlling driving operations of the shaft driving members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Mizuno, Soichiro Fujioka, Tohru Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20130152299
    Abstract: Provided is an automatic head care apparatus for caring person's head in an effective and reliable manner in accordance with the shape of person's head. In order to achieve the object, an automatic head care apparatus of the present invention comprises a bowl 101 having a head support for supporting a person's head; a washing unit 12L configured by fourth arms 309L, 310L, 317L, 320L comprising a plurality of contacts 109 at an end thereof and a rotation gear having a central axis thereof for rotating the contacts 109, third arms 107L, 108L for rotatably supporting the fourth arms 309L, 310L, 317L, 320L, a support shaft for rotatably supporting the third arms 107L, 108L, a pushing mechanism for moving the support shaft, and a motor 301L for oscillating the contacts by rotating the rotation gear of the fourth arms 309L, 310L, 317L, 320L; and a control device 700 for controlling movement of at least the pushing mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Mizuno, Soichiro Fujioka, Tohru Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20130152300
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to care for the occipital region supported with an occipital region supporter, without leaving an uncared-for part thereof, at time of automatic care of the person's head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Mizuno, Soichiro Fujioka, Tohru Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20130145540
    Abstract: Provided is an automatic hair washing apparatus for washing person's hair in a safe and effective manner without applying a straining force on person's neck. An automatic hair washing apparatus 100 comprises a bowl 101 having a head support 11; washing units 12L and 12R arranged with the head support 11 interposed therebetween, the support shafts thereof being attached to the bowl 101; a driving section for rotating the washing units 12L and 12R about the respective support shafts 104L and 104R; and a control section for controlling the driving of the driving section; wherein each of the washing units 12L and 12R comprises a plurality of contacts 109 on a surface opposite to the surface supported by the support shaft 104L and 104R.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Mizuno, Soichiro Fujioka, Tohru Nakamura, Akinobu Okuda, Tsuyoshi Tojo
  • Publication number: 20120227177
    Abstract: An ergonomically designed hair washing basin for bed-ridden patients is made of a water receptacle defined by a bottom surface, two parallel elongated side panels and two parallel shortened side panels. Each side panel is connected to the bottom surface by a bottom rounded edge. One elongated side panel has an upper edge being curved at an angle to form an integrally constructed neck contour and a concave neck support extension which extends outwardly from an outer surface of the elongated side panel, and which terminates in a tapered terminating edge. The remaining side panels also have upper curved terminating edges that are substantially parallel to the bottom surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Nicole Kiser
  • Patent number: 8112830
    Abstract: A neck guard for a salon/barber industry sink, wherein the sink has an indentation in a lip of the sink to accommodate a person's neck. The neck guard includes a lower layer, a cushioning layer and a cover layer. The lower layer is flexible and incorporates fasteners such as suction cups configured to removably attach the lower layer to the sink. The cushioning layer is bonded to the lower layer and has a surface that is suitable for having the cover layer attached to it by means such as a low-tack, pressure-sensitive adhesive. The neck guard is sufficiently flexible to wrap around and conform to the indentation in the lip of the sink and to enable attachment of the fasteners to the sink, thereby securing the neck guard within the indentation in the lip of the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Kelley Brown
  • Publication number: 20110239363
    Abstract: An automatic hair washing machine including a sink in which a head portion of a user is laid, the sink having an enclosed space that is formed when the head portion is laid in the sink, a nozzle link unit for jetting liquid containing at least one of washing water and cleaning agent liquid, and a mist spraying unit for spraying mist into the enclosed space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicants: SANYO ELECTRIC CO., LTD., SANYO AQUA CORPORATION, TAKARA BELMONT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuhei Nagamatsu, Akira Yamaguchi, Masashi Furusawa, Kazushige Murakami, Masaru Iwasaki, Kazuhide Yamamoto, Mayumi Okazaki, Hiroko Nakayama, Yosuke Shimizu
  • Patent number: 7874024
    Abstract: The invention as presently conceived discloses a padded neck support for beauty salon washing sinks. The invention is an apparatus to aid in the support of a user's head during the hair washing process at a sink in a beauty salon. The head and neck support pad is configured as a conformable pad to be removably attached to the head receiving portion of a conventional hair salon sink. If necessary, means exist to removably attach multiple support pads thereon each other for vertical adjustment due to the physical characteristics of the individual user. The apparatus is covered with a waterproof cover for ease in washing after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventor: Helen Singh
  • Patent number: 7810179
    Abstract: In a scalp washing device a droplet preventing plate is provided positioned between a user's scalp and face, a nozzle having a single discharge port which discharges hot water to the scalp side of the droplet preventing plate is disposed, and hot water discharged from the discharge port of the nozzle is dispersed along the droplet preventing plate so as to be supplied to the user's scalp. For this reason, the flow rate of the hot water is reduced during the dispersion along the droplet preventing plate, and at the time when the hot water is separated from the edge of the droplet preventing plate and is supplied to the user's scalp, the hot water is supplied slowly to the entire scalp, and droplets are not generated. Even if a small gap is generated between the droplet preventing plate and the user's face, the droplets do not leak to the user's face, wetting it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Thales Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Susumu Fujikawa
  • Patent number: 7469430
    Abstract: The portable shampoo sink is a sterilizable apparatus that permits bedridden individuals to have their hair shampooed while lying down. The apparatus may be used in a hospital or at home. A rolling cabinet on wheels has a sink shaped with a semicircular depression for receiving the neck or head of the individual. The cabinet stores both hot and cold water in tanks disposed within the cabinet. A motorized heater heats the water in one tank. Water is pumped up to a spray nozzle via a flexible conduit as controlled by a control on the sprayer and hot and cold water spigots. The wastewater collected in the basin drains through a conduit into a waste/drainage collection tank disposed under the basin. Two side doors permit access to the tanks, heater and pump. The sides of the cabinet have shelves for placement of washing accessories such as shampoo and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Inventor: Ailene P. Thies
  • Publication number: 20080289092
    Abstract: A neck guard for a salon/barber industry sink, wherein the sink has an indentation in a lip of the sink to accommodate a person's neck. The neck guard includes a lower layer, a cushioning layer and a cover layer. The lower layer is flexible and incorporates fasteners such as suction cups configured to removably attach the lower layer to the sink. The cushioning layer is bonded to the lower layer and has a surface that is suitable for having the cover layer attached to it by means such as a low-tack, pressure-sensitive adhesive. The neck guard is sufficiently flexible to wrap around and conform to the indentation in the lip of the sink and to enable attachment of the fasteners to the sink, thereby securing the neck guard within the indentation in the lip of the sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2008
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventor: Kelley Brown
  • Publication number: 20080244823
    Abstract: In a scalp washing device of the present invention, a droplet preventing plate is provided positioned between a user's scalp and face, a nozzle having a single discharge port which discharges hot water to the scalp side of the droplet preventing plate is disposed, and hot water discharged from the discharge port of the nozzle is dispersed along the droplet preventing plate so as to be supplied to the user's scalp. For this reason, the flow rate of the hot water is reduced during the dispersion along the droplet preventing plate, and at the time when the hot water is separated from the edge of the droplet preventing plate and is supplied to the user's scalp, the hot water is supplied slowly to the entire scalp, and droplets are not generated. Even if a small gap is generated between the droplet preventing plate and the user's face, the droplets do not leak to the user's face, wetting it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventor: Susumu Fujikawa
  • Publication number: 20080078017
    Abstract: An existing barber or beauty salon chair, in which each of a chair and a shampoo bowl is formed to the base integrally, has a problem that an practitioner cannot stand behind a customer, thereby being forced to take an uncomfortable posture to prepare shampoo or the like or thereby making it impossible to perform operation other than the shampoo, such as a massage or a beauty operation. To solve the above problems, a barber or beauty salon chair is characterized in that a chair 4 with a backrest 42 allowing a recline angle to be adjustable is attached in a rotatable manner to a base 2 of an elevating device 1 while a shampoo bowl 3 is attached to the base in a position to which an upper surface of the backrest in a deeply reclined condition comes close.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Applicant: TAKARA BELMONT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomofumi HORIO, Yuichiro SUEMUNE
  • Patent number: 7234176
    Abstract: The inflatable basin (10) comprised of a bottom wall (12) and upwardly extending side walls (14), which extend around the perimeter of the bottom wall (12). The side walls (14), in cooperation with the bottom wall (12), define a water-tight cavity suitably dimensioned for receiving the head of a patient. The side walls (14) are composed of a plurality of inflatable tubular members (14A and 14B) that include an opening (16) so that the head of the patient may be placed within the basin (10) when the patient is in a prone position. The basin is provided within a support structure (32) secured to the bottom wall (12), and a resealable valve (30) disposed in a drain outlet (28) in fluid communication with the interior cavity of the basin (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Homecare Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Chia-Ching Chiu
  • Patent number: 7114201
    Abstract: An automatic shampoo machine used in beauty salons and the like, having improved operability and including a manual finish hair rinsing operation. A basin is provided with a hand shower and a hand shower valve to be operated by an operator standing behind, a hood for covering and uncovering the top of the basin and an open/close unit for opening/closing and moving the hood. The open/close unit guides the hood to a closing position, a first opening position and a second opening position. In the first position the hood is in an upright state behind the basin, and in the second position the hood is positioned on the left side of the basin. In the second position, the hood uncovers the rear side of the basin, whereby the operator can perform operations from the rear side of the basin without the hood interfering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignees: Sanyo Electric Co., LTD, Takara Belmont Corp., Sanyo Electric Techno Clean Co., LTD
    Inventors: Hideaki Matsunaga, Takenari Yuki, Tatsuhiko Yoshii, Tomo Nishimura, Masaru Noro, Masatsugu Ito
  • Patent number: 7039962
    Abstract: The rearward wash basin has a neck cutout (5) for performing a rearward head or hair washing and a soft elastic neck seal (6) lining the neck cutout. In order to fit the neck of the individual whose head or hair is being washed, the soft elastic neck seal (6) is in the form of a first bellows (8) with folds (9), the neck seal (6) is provided with a hollow chamber (7) and the folds (9) have a curvature essentially corresponding to that of the neck cutout (5). The neck seal (6) can be equipped with an expansive displacement device (10, 10.1), which adjusts the neck seal to the user's neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Wella AG
    Inventor: Hartmut Romfeld
  • Patent number: 6931674
    Abstract: A portable shampoo bowl secured to a platform is sized to fit over a traditional kitchen sink with depending lugs extending along sink sides and adjustable on the platform around the platform perimeter to accommodate commonly found sinks to prevent the platform from shifting laterally on the sink. A neck rest channel on the bowl extends forward from the platform and beyond the sink to comfortably reach a person in the neck rest channel. The bottom of the forward portion of the bowl is mildly sloped downward through the forward portion of the bowl to a horizontal bottom portion in which drain holes are located. The bowl is mounted intermediate the length of the platform on its forward portion such that a platform rearward portion remains uncovered as a shelf on which bottles of supplies and tools can be placed, confining drippings from the user's wet hands and general mess from the bottles and such on the platform within the bounds of the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Jeannette Dean
  • Publication number: 20040177436
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rearward wash basin (1) comprising a neck cutout (5) for performing a rearward head or hair washing, whereby the area of the neck cutout (5) is lined with a flexible neck seal (6). The neck seal (6) has a hollow chamber (7) and is provided in the form of bellows (8). The folds (9) have a curvature that essentially corresponds to that of the neck cutout (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Inventor: Hartmut Romfeld
  • Patent number: 6728977
    Abstract: A portable pump-operated shampoo unit which includes a waterproof inclined body ramp for positioning a person's upper torso and head, a removable reservoir for water storage, a pumping means for pumping water from the reservoir through a spraying means to the person's head. The system also includes a waterproof cape having concave inserts to promote drainage of the water and attachment means to hold the cape in position for drainage. The system also includes a receptacle for collecting the water via a funnel which connects the cape to a drainage receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Inventor: Ronit Knight
  • Patent number: 6665891
    Abstract: A portable hair washing apparatus for allowing the shampooing of the hairs of the physically disabled includes a tank member having side, front, back, and bottom walls, and also having a tabletop; and also includes wheels upon which the tank member is mounted; and further includes a hair washing support assembly being attached to the tank member and including a headrest member; and also includes a hair washing assembly being supported by the tank member and including a semi-rigid hose being attached to the tank member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Inventor: Ninarose A. Clifford
  • Patent number: 6665892
    Abstract: An apparatus for washing the hair of a person reclining on a chair comprising, a platform (12), a washbasin (10) mounted on the platform having a forward pointing lip (32) to receive the person's head or neck, and translation means (14, 16, 18) for moving the washbasin from a higher position (33) closer to the chair to a lower position more remote from the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Agigi Design Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Gaetano Crocilla
  • Patent number: 6615418
    Abstract: The present invention provides an automatic hair washer with which a person who operates the hair washer can perform finish washing, supplementary washing or the like easily after hair washing by the automatic hair washer. A large oblique section is formed on the corner of the front of a cabinet 9 by which the exterior of the automatic hair washer is formed. Thereby, a work area 10 for the person who operates the hair washer is provided, and further, a space 11 into which the person who operates the hair washer can put his foot is provided on the lower part of the large oblique section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Oohiro Works, Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Minami
  • Patent number: 6609257
    Abstract: A basin generally for use in health-care industries for debridement and/or irrigation of wound areas. The basin is best used for treatment of wounds on extremities and comprises a stable basin having contoured seats on opposing side walls and a filtering device to prevent clogging of the drainage hole and tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Fiore Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel R. O'Geary
  • Patent number: 6550078
    Abstract: A head and neck support for salon shampoo bowls is disclosed. The device is constructed and arranged to support a client's head and neck over a shampoo bowl in order to reduce the likelihood of strains and discomfort to the client and the hair stylist. The head and neck support is constructed to be received within a shampoo bowl and suspended by a strap provided with grasping elements for being passed over the sides of the bowl, and a hook like extended tongue passed through and supported by a neck depression defined within a front wall of the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Hansford & Brown, Inc.
    Inventors: Joy Anderson Brown, Paula Thaxton Hansford
  • Patent number: 6519789
    Abstract: Provision is made of a shampoo basin which is designed to support the neck of a person to be washed and rinsed without causing pain, with or without a cushion medium, and a combination of the shampoo basin and a chair. The shampoo basin for washing and rinsing the hair of a person sitting on a chair has a neck-supporting member 4 disposed forwardly of a basin body 2 and composed of an internal corner 41 positioned on the inner peripheral surface side of the basin body 2, an external corner 42 positioned on the outer peripheral surface side of the basin body 2, and a top surface 43 interposed between the internal and external corners 41, 42. The top surface 43 has a curvature radius larger than those of the internal and external corners 41, 42 to support the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Oohiro Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tetsuji Hatanaka
  • Patent number: 6513176
    Abstract: An anatomically-correct neck and head support removably securable to a standard configuration salon or barbar's sink for use when the individual is placed in a reclined position, the support being a light weight foam or resilient material being water resistant, chemical resistant and washable and sanitizable, the upper surface of the neck support having a double arcuate surface complimentary with the normal cervical lordotic curve of the individual's spine and neck, the support also providing planar and lateral support to the neck area of the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Inventor: Michael Najar
  • Publication number: 20030019026
    Abstract: Provision is made of a shampoo basin which is designed to support the neck of a person to be washed and rinsed without causing pain, with or without a cushion medium, and a combination of the shampoo basin and a chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventor: Tetsuji Hatanaka
  • Patent number: 6463597
    Abstract: Hair washing apparatus which can be selectively adjusted depending on the height of the person performing the hair washing and the person whose hair is being washed. A hair washing unit includes a bowl unit at which a hair washing is performed by the hair washer, a hair washing chair detachably connected to the hair washing unit via a chair supporting arm and a frame. A mechanism for moving the bowl up and down is provided at an upper end of the frame and a mechanism for moving the washing chair up and down is provided at a lower front side of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Oohiro Works Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Ishimura
  • Patent number: 6434763
    Abstract: A seat supporting table for a barber of beauty chair which can slide a barber or beauty chair even when the barber or beauty chair is provided with no sliding function. A sliding plate, to which the barber or beauty chair is attached, is slid forward and backward to a desired position along a guide rail for guiding a slide of the sliding plate. A sliding power controlling bolt for controlling a sliding power required for sliding the sliding plate is also provided and a slider controls the sliding of the sliding plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Oohiro Works, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiaki Kawakami
  • Patent number: 6367101
    Abstract: This invention provides an automatic hair washer that is capable of preventing the hairs of the person under hair washing from being attached to the internal wall of the cistern as well as the hairs of the person under hair washing being tangled with each other during the hair washing. By providing a hair receiver having an arch-shaped or ring-shaped hair receiving part, which collects and hangs the hair of the person under hair washing, it is possible to prevent the hair of the person under hair washing from being attached to the internal wall of the sink. Since they are collected by the hair receiver, the tangling of the hair of the person under hair washing by the showers spouted during the hair washing can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Oohiro Works, Ltd
    Inventor: Hirohisa Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20020035751
    Abstract: A cradle for supporting a user's head relative to a wash basin includes a brace adapted to support a user's neck. The brace has a first end positioned adjacent the head of the user and a second end disposed toward the user's shoulder area. The brace is secured to the wash basin by a hinge that allows pivoting motion of the brace relative to the wash basin between a first, upright position in which the first end of the brace is vertically above the second end, and a second position in which the first and second ends of the brace are horizontally aligned over the basin. The brace is biased toward the upright position such that the user may bring her neck against the brace while it is in the upright position and the brace will support the neck as the user's head is moved into the basin for washing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2001
    Publication date: March 28, 2002
    Inventor: Donna Watson
  • Patent number: 6233755
    Abstract: A hair washer including a hot water storing tank for storing hot water, a cistern for receiving at least the hair of a person undergoing hair washing, a cistern including shower heads and nozzle heads in an interior thereof, a neck-receiving member provided on the cistern for supporting the back of the neck of a person undergoing hair washing, a conduit running below the neck-receiving member and connecting the hot water storing tank to the shower heads and nozzle heads in the cistern whereby the hot water passing through the conduit heats the neck-receiving member and thus the back of the neck of the person undergoing hair washing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Oohiro Works, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirohisa Shimizu
  • Patent number: 6212703
    Abstract: A hair washing apparatus including a cistern having an opening on an upper part thereof, into which a person under hair washing inserts his head while lying on his back and a neck receiving part for receiving a neck of the person, the neck receiving part provided at an entering edge part of the cistern, wherein the neck receiving part comprises a board having a plurality of slits or small holes. The cistern includes a wash water spouting means for spouting wash water toward an underside part of the neck receiving part, and the wash water spouting means includes a rotatable water supply pipe having a plurality of spouts and a lever provided on the water supply pipe. The lever allows for rotation of the water supply pipe about the longitudinal axis thereof to adjust a spouting angle of the wash water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Oohiro Works, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirohisa Shimizu
  • Patent number: 6205597
    Abstract: A method of operating an automatic hair washer from initiation of a washing cycle to termination of the washing cycle including the step of pumping water from a hot water storing tank to a flow diversion control mechanism. At the initiation of a hair washing cycle, a portion of the water is transported through a delivery pipe to washing nozzles of the hair washer while the remainder of the water is simultaneously transported through a flow dividing pipe back to the hot water storing tank. After initiation of the hair washing cycle is completed, the flow diversion control mechanism is adjusted to direct all of the water to the delivery pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Oohiro Works, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirohisa Shimizu
  • Patent number: 6170096
    Abstract: The forward portion of a shampoo bowl is formed with a neck rest for receiving and supporting the back of the neck of an individual seated in a chair located forwardly of the bowl. The shampoo bowl is wall-mounted and pivotally connected for selective tilting of the forward portion of the bowl to raise or lower the height of the neck rest so as to accommodate individuals of varying heights seated in the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Belvedere USA Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas G. Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 6076202
    Abstract: A shampoo sink system that includes an adjustable base assembly including an anti-tip wall attachment structure that includes an exterior sink structure having a liner structure with an emptying trough hingedly attached thereto. The liner structure is emptied by pivoting the liner at the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventor: M. Olene Lockwood
  • Patent number: 6073276
    Abstract: The forward portion of a shampoo bowl is formed with a neck rest for receiving and supporting the back of the neck of an individual seated in a chair located forwardly of the bowl. The shampoo bowl is wall-mounted and pivotally connected for selective tilting of the forward portion of the bowl to raise or lower the height of the neck rest so as to accommodate individuals of varying heights seated in the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Belvedere USA Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas G. Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 5924145
    Abstract: An anatomically-correct neck and head support removably securable to a standard configuration salon or barbar's sink for use when the individual is placed in a reclined position, the support being a light weight foam or resilient material being water resistant, chemical resistant and washable and sanitizable, the upper surface of the neck support having a double arcuate surface complimentary with the normal cervical lordotic curve of the individual's spine and neck, the support also providing planar and lateral support to the neck area of the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Inventor: Michael Najar
  • Patent number: 5906012
    Abstract: In an automatic shampoo machine a recess is formed in a side wall of a basin to ensure water passage to the nape of the neck of a person being shampooed. A plurality of neck support members each including a bent wire arrangement is provided in a spaced relation in the recess. With the neck resting on top portions of the neck support members, the nape of the neck is rinsed by water sprayed from a stationary nape rinsing nozzle, and movable lower nozzles, through the recess. A pad for receiving the neck resting thereon is releasably attached on a peripheral portion of the basin to prevent fatigue of the neck and splashing of rinse water. Thus, the person can have his hair and nape washed in a comfortable posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuo Sakane, Hideaki Matsunaga, Takenari Yuki, Masaru Noro, Mitsuru Naganawa
  • Patent number: 5896595
    Abstract: A shampoo rinse bowl having a first neck support member and a separate second upper torso support member, where the first support member supports the neck of a person several inches below the hairline and the second support member supports the upper torso below the junction of the neck with the torso. An open area is provided between the two support members. The bowl may be raised vertically and tilted, either independently or simultaneously by hydraulic or pneumatic pistons or the like. Preferably the bowl is tilted by raising the rear of the bowl while the height of the forward portion of the bowl remains the same. Also preferably, the bowl will be tilted about five degrees for each inch change in height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventor: Gary W. Spencer
  • Patent number: 5784727
    Abstract: A mobile unit (1) equipped with wheels (3) and a handle (2), on the top portion of which is a tray (13) for hair-washing, the height of which is adjustable and which is equipped with a shower head (14); further equipped with two tanks (12), one for the supply of clean hot water and the other for the discharge of dirty water, which is emptied through a discharge (9), by means of a faucet, the hot water tank (12) being coupled to a heating thermostat (8); both the hot water tank and the cold water tank being activated by respective impeller pumps. The unit may optionally be divided into two laterally adjacent, physically independent interconnectable modules (1-1'), each equipped with means of making the unit mobile in order to facilitate maneuvering of the assembly in tight space areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Manuel Irago Garcia
    Inventor: AnaMaria Perez Garcia
  • Patent number: 5678255
    Abstract: A portable hair washing system that has a collapsible basin table for transporting is provided. The portable hair washing system comprises: a collapsible basin table having a top member supported by a plurality of telescopic legs; a first collapsible container having a spout; a second collapsible container having a spout; a first flexible conduit having a connector end and a nozzle end; and a second flexible conduit having a first and second connector end. The top member forms a basin approximate the front surface of the top member. The basin has a depending side wall and a bottom wall. The bottom wall forms a drain hole therethrough for draining water from the basin. The top member also has a curved portion extending downwardly from the front surface of the top member into the basin. The curved portion forms a neck surface extending into the basin for resting the neck of user. The portable hair washing system may also have a collapsible tray assembly and a case for carrying the equipment in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Inventor: Melvin C. Stoudamire, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5661856
    Abstract: A portable, collapsible bathtub, that comprises a tub shell having a bottom wall, side walls and end walls, forming a shell, the side wall being longitudinally elongated; the tub having separate shell sections, and a hinge structure interconnecting the sections to pivot from an extended position in which the tub is ready for use and opens upwardly, into a collapsed position in which the sections form an upwardly closed dome shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Inventor: Dorothy F. Kyte
  • Patent number: 5526539
    Abstract: A portable washing cart for facilitating washing of hair at a remote location. The inventive device includes a wheeled main body having a plurality of pivotally mounted doors. An interior counter top is mounted within the main body and includes a fixed sink mounted relative to the counter top and a movable sink removably mounted relative to the counter top which can be extended therefrom for placement proximal to a head of an individual residing within an adjacent support structure. A water handling assembly is mounted within the main body for supplying water to the sinks and for collecting waste water drained therefrom such that shampooing of the hair of an individual residing within a bed can be accomplished without moving the individual from the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Inventors: Lori J. Bower, Dennis L. Bower, Lois A. Monroe, William W. Monroe